Sep 24th 2020


Author Elena Gonzalez shares highlights from her new book Exhibitions for Social Justice (Routledge/ 2019). She will be joined in conversation with representatives from local museums that are featured in the publication: Cesareo Moreno, Director of Visual Arts & Chief Curator, National Museum of Mexican Art, Kelley H. Szany, Vice President of Education & Exhibitions, Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center and Jennifer Scott, Director and Chief Curator, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. The panel will also explore with the audience new opportunities for museums to creatively collaborate with communities to address issues of justice.

About the Book:
Exhibitions for Social Justice (Routledge/ 2019), by Elena Gonzales, assesses the state of curatorial work for social justice today in the Americas and Europe. Gonzales analyzes and examines best practices and interesting new curatorial work to support all those working on exhibitions. From sharing authority to inspiring action, from building solidarity to forging long lasting memories, Gonzales seeks to share curatorial practices that lie at the nexus of contemporary museology and contemporary neurology. The book draws ethnographic and archival work by Gonzales at over twenty institutions with nearly eighty museum professionals as well as scholarship in the public humanities, visual culture, cultural studies, memory studies, and brain science.

About the Author:
Elena Gonzales is an independent scholar focusing on curatorial work for social justice and the role of museums in society today. Gonzales received her doctorate in American Studies at Brown University in 2015 and her Masters in Public Humanities from Brown in 2010. She has curated exhibitions at the National Museum of Mexican Art, the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at Brown, the John Nicholas Brown Center for the Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, and the Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson and Wales University.

This program is a part of an extended series: the 2020 Hull-House’s Museum and Social Justice Series. Look out for related events. listings throughout the year.

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